Echo Bodine, famous for her many books about psychic phenomena and her appearances on television shows such as The Other Side and Sightings, claims that she never wanted to find ghosts. The problem was that they kept finding her.
In this small, fast-paced book, Bodine explains how she came into her own as a "ghostbuster" and provides many interesting factoids about dealing effectively with ghosts.
A ghost, according to Bodine, is a soul whose physical body has died but who cannot, for some reason, release his or her hold on earthly things and cross over into the light and the wondrous world that lies beyond.
A spirit, on the other hand, is a soul that has crossed over successfully but who has come back to visit or to watch over their loved ones. Spirits may also appear to help the confused soul of a deceased loved one find the light.
Bodine writes that ghosts may get "stuck" for many reasons. Some are afraid they will be punished for misdeeds they committed in life--a completely unfounded fear, according to Bodine, who states that the light is full of love and healing. Other ghosts stay because they fear running into the spirit of someone who hurt them in life. But most stay attached to the earth because they cannot let go of the physical, or because someone in the physical world is unable to let go of them.
While some of the visions from heaven are a little dubious (Michael Jackson and Elvis Presley chatting it up about Lisa Marie? Really?), Bodine has many interesting thoughts as well as several reassuring words for those who have lost a loved one to suicide.
If you have questions about the spirit world, or if you want to read about otherworldly encounters from the perspective of a compassionate, seasoned psychic, The Little Book of True Ghost Stories is well worth your time.
Bodine, Echo. The Little Book of True Ghost Stories. Hampton Roads Publishing Company, Inc.